Wednesday , 20 February 2019

Tag Archives: Dan Littauer

Gay Imam: self-hate not Islam led to Orlando Massacre

Imam Daayiee Abdullah

KaledioScot interviews one of the few openly gay Imams, Daayiee Abdullah, who explains that it was probably Omar Mateen’s troubled self-loathing that motivated him to commit the atrocity, not Islam. The interview, led by KaleidoScot’s editor, Dan Littauer, starts with the imam talking about the impact the massacre has and his solidarity and message of peace and against violence regarding the ...

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BREXIT campaigners exploit Orlando atrocity with “vile” poster

BREXIT poster tweet

Brexit campaigners have been sharply criticised for “vile” claim stating that leaving the EU would prevent an “Orlando style atrocity” in the UK. Hours just after the Orlando massacre the Leave.EU campaign tweeted a poster making the claim that “free movement of Kalashnikovs in Europe helps terrorists.” The poster, depicting picture of ISIL fighters, was captioned: “Act now before we ...

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EU: online anti-LGBTI hate speech must be tackled

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The European Parliament voted for a report that calls upon member states to adopt strong measures to counter online anti LGBTI hate speech. The report entitled, Gender equality and empowering women in the digital age, was adopted by a majority of lawmakers yesterday, although Mike Hookem MEP, from UKIP, voted against it. The report calls upon the EU Commission to demand greater efforts ...

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Antibody shot protects monkeys from HIV infection

HIV-1 budding (in green) from cultured lymphocyte

A new study has shown that a single injection of antibodies that target HIV can protect monkeys from contracting the virus for nearly six months. The study, published yesterday in Nature, is an important step in the development of a new treatment that could prevent HIV infections in people, with potentially far more effectiveness than any other contemporary method. In ...

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EU: Turkey and Bosnia-Herzegovina must improve on LGBTI rights

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In its annual reports on accession countries, the European Parliament said that Turkey, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Albania must improve on LGBTI rights. Earlier this year, the Parliament already evaluated progress in Kosovo, Serbia, Montenegro and FYR Macedonia. Accession country reports are seen as a litmus strong indications if the country would be allowed to join the European Union or ...

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First case of Zika transmission involving sex between gay men reported

This is a digitally-colorised transmission electron micrograph (TEM) of Zika virus, which is a member of the family Flaviviridae. Virus particles, here colored blue

The Zika virus has now been reported as have been transmitted through sex between two gay men, by the US Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The CDC said a case of sexual transmission that occurred in Dallas in January that was reported in the media in early February — involved two men. The findings were published in the CDC’s ...

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UK government concerned over youth anal sex

Government says anal sex in youth is "risky" and "unwelcome"

The UK government has expressed its concern at the increasing number of  “young people engaging in anal intercourse” which is seen as “risky”, “unrealistic” and “harmful”. Sexual health campaigners slam the report as a “unhelpful” and if implemented likely to cause “an increase in risky behaviour”. The Government’s concerns were cited in a consultation paper Child Safety Online: Age Verification ...

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Pope Francis: mixed messages to LGBTI Catholics

Pope Francis

Pope Francis’ “Amoris Laetitia” (or “Joy of Love”), published today, does not change any Catholic dogma, and has sent mixed messages to LGBTI people, on the one hand speaking firmly against equal marriage and on the other a call for tolerance and acceptance. In the Joy of Love, the rules of the Church in relation to the family, marriage, divorce, ...

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Nicola Sturgeon: Scotland will make its own decision on PrEP

Nicola Sturgeon's World AIDS Day message

While NHS England shelved plans to offer the HIV-preventative drug, Scotland’s First Minister said the country will decide it’s own position on the drug’s availability. She stated: “I am keen that we take our own decisions and that we debate these issues in parliament and certainly don’t take a view that we will not do things because they aren’t done in ...

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Potential cure: HIV eliminated from infected cells

HIV-1 budding (in green) from cultured lymphocyte

Scientists have successfully eliminated the HIV genome from human cells, a breakthrough that could potentially pave the way for a cure for HIV/AIDS. A research team from the NeuroAIDS Center at Lewis Katz School of Medicine – Temple University, Philadelphia, used a new DNA editing technique to remove the HIV genome from CD4+T infected cells. Using the CRISPR/Cas9 gene editing technique, the scientists ...

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